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Mike Richards clears waivers, lands with Manchester Monarchs

The Los Angeles Kings have assigned Mike Richards to their AHL affiliate after the high-priced centre cleared waivers. Richards is making $7 million this season as part of his 12-year, $69 million contract through 2020.

Veteran centre carries 12-year contract to American Hockey League

Mike Richards cleared waivers and has been sent to the Los Angeles Kings' American Hockey League team the Manchester Monarchs. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings have assigned Mike Richards to their AHL affiliate after the high-priced centre cleared waivers.

The Kings assigned Richards to the Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday after no NHL team picked him up.

Richards went on waivers Monday after several seasons of declining offensive production. Although he played a key two-way role on the Kings' two Stanley Cup championship teams in the past three years, the formerly prolific goal-scorer has just five goals and 10 assists in 47 games this season.

Richards is making $7 million this season as part of his 12-year, $69 million contract through 2020.

He has played in 224 consecutive games for the Kings dating to December 2011, but the streak will end Wednesday night when Los Angeles hosts Chicago.

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